Times Are Changing
More and more people are quitting their jobs today than at any other time. So what is going on? Why are so many people deciding to leave their jobs?
When I was old enough to work, I worked. I didn’t like the job. I was washing dishes at a restaurant and every day/night I came home, I reeked of grease. Any shirt I wore to work would be ruined within a few minutes of being there.
Back then people went to work and come home. They worked at jobs they hated because they knew they had to provide for their family. But something has changed.
Let’s look at some of the top reasons people are quitting their jobs.
Not Happy with the Work
Too many times people are hired for a position and after time, the job changes.
When someone applies for a specific position, they want to do that job. Employees are often thrown into positions or roles that they either never wanted to begin with, or they are unqualified for and fail.
Getting thrown into these types of positions lead to being unhappy at work, which can often lead to being unhappy at home. The stress this can cause is a lot of times unbearable and forces people to quit.
Don’t Feel Important
Who doesn’t like to feel appreciated or important? I know I do.
Some employees (the good ones) go above and beyond much of the time. And they often do it without being told. This is a good employee.
So many of these good employees quit because they don’t feel like they are important. This could be for a few different reasons.
Either the employee feels like they should have been assigned a task but they were passed over for a lesser qualified employee. Or the employee has gone above and beyond consistently and never even get a “thank you” for what they have done.
Is a little “thank you” too much to ask?
Is this a legitimate reason to quit? Or are there too many “snowflakes” in the workforce today?
This could mean a couple different things, so let’s break it down.
No Support at Work
Can you imagine being told to do a job that you’ve never done before without any direction on how to accomplish the task? Chances are, if you have ever been in this situation, it wasn’t fun.
Too often, employees are giving jobs/tasks to do and are never given any direction or the tools needed to complete the job. This, once again, leads to stress at work and at home. This sort of stress can make working relationships had at times, making work much less enjoyable.
No Support at Home
For people that are chasing their dreams, it is essential to have support at home. It really can be heartbreaking if your loved ones don’t support the career you dream of pursuing.
If you are pursuing something new, it’s natural to be nervous or even scared. But you count on that support at home to help you get through your nerves. Not having this type of support can lead to a mental breakdown and other serious scenarios.
Not Enough Money
This has always been and will continue to be one of the biggest reasons people quit their job.
There are too many reasons as to why you aren’t getting what you think you should be.
High on this list is that the company can’t afford to. This happens more with smaller family owned businesses than it does with big corporations. If you work a box store like Walmart (for example), they obviously have the money to pay you. But again, it is Walmart, so unless you have an upper management job, you probably aren’t going to be making much more than minimum wage.
The number 1 thing everyone needs to understand is that the type of job (entry level, skilled, professional, etc.) you have plays a huge role in what you are paid.
If you are at McDonalds flipping burgers, you aren’t going to make $20/hour. There is no way a fast food place can afford to pay employees that much. If fast food workers made that much, the prices of all the food would go through the roof. We’ve already seen that happen in recent years.
The majority of the time, if you’re unhappy with your pay and want more money, you’ll have to find something else.
The Job Changes
Let’s say you’re a salesman at an automotive dealership. You’ve been here for a couple years and enjoy what you’re doing. And then after a nice weekend off you come back to work and now it is also your responsibility to clean the bathrooms and breakrooms. Is that the job you applied for?
Situations like this happen all the time, and it is one of the leading reasons people leave their jobs.
This can be very unfortunate for people that at one point really loved their job.
NOTE: If this has happened to you, or if you’re even in this situation, talk to your immediate boss and explain yourself. Try to work out a solution before you just leave a job you once enjoyed.
Don’t live to work. Work to live.
Nobody wants to spend 60-80 hours a week at work. Unfortunately, there are scenarios where this is sometimes unavoidable.
This type of thing happens a lot when a company is downsizing or even growing. Let me explain the latter.
When a company is growing/expanding, one of the first things that takes place is cutting any employee that is non-essential. This could include part time help and/or high school/summer help. When this happens, a company sometimes reduces it’s payroll as much as possible. Which in turn puts more and more responsibility on the employees that are left standing.
When you are forced into a position where you are working 15-25 hours more every week than you’re used to, this can cause chaos at home. Sure, you’re going to make more money if you are an hourly worker. But is that extra money worth the stress that it can put on your family?
Bored/Not Challenging Anymore
Sometimes people just get bored. I have fallen victim in becoming bored with a certain job.
When people get bored, they look for other things to do. This is no different when it comes to the workforce.
If you aren’t being challenged anymore at your job, it can become very repetitive. Most people enjoy a challenge, even look forward to it. Along with boredom, when people aren’t challenged anymore at work, they often look elsewhere.
Before you decide to leave your job, think of ways YOU can challenge yourself at work if the employer isn’t doing so anymore. Talk to your boss, see if there are other things you can be doing.
Unfortunately, many employees are thrown onto shifts that they aren’t a fan of. And often this can happen no matter how long you’ve been at a job.
My father worked straight days (6am-3pm) for more than 25 years. One day he came home and said he was on something called a “swing-shift.” One week he would be on days, the next he would be on evenings, and then midnights the following week. This can really mess someone up after being on one specific shift for 25 years.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can look for when applying for a job to avoid this.
If you aren’t a morning person, don’t apply for day shift. If you aren’t a night person, don’t apply for midnights. I know this seems like common sense, and that’s because it is.
I completely understand that sometimes an individual has to take any job offer they can get. In these situations you have to “keep your eye on the prize.”
What I mean by that, is stay focused on WHY you’re working these stupid hours. Maybe you have a baby or small child at home. Obviously you need that job to take care of your child. Try to work through it, but also keep your eyes open for a better opportunity.
Do what you need to for your family. If you are a single man or woman, be smart and know what you’re applying for.
Whether it is your immediate boss or upper management. Leadership is key for any business to operate correctly.
When there is little to no leadership, often times there is no direction, or even too many directions. This can especially be frustrating for employees.
Imagine your place of business like a team sport (baseball, football, basketball, etc.). How good of a team do you think you’d have if you didn’t have a head coach? Or maybe you have a head coach that hardly ever shows up. Do you think that “team” would be very good? You would probably have a losing record.
There are many different reason people decide to leave their job. But, these reasons can sometimes be neutralized without having to quit your job.
Talk to your bosses. See if there is anything that can change to make it slightly better for you. See if there is an opening on another shift that you can move to.
Try to solve the problem before a bigger one is created: unemployment.
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